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Appell Center for the Performing Arts

The Appell Center for the Performing Arts enriches the community through performing arts, education and entertainment. Featuring two historic theaters - the 1,262 seat Strand Theatre and the 450 seat Capitol Theatre – the Appell Center brings some of the biggest names in live, professional performing arts along with impactful education programs.


The Appell Center is a non-profit organization funded by a mix of ticket revenue, donations, sponsorships and government sources. The support we receive from our generous contributors is essential to preserve the integrity of our historic theaters, sustain our cultural leadership in the community and continue to support the revitalization efforts of downtown York.

All Are Welcome!

As a public gathering place for the brilliantly diverse community, we at the Appell Center see it as our top priority to ensure that all of our patrons, performers, staff and guests feel welcome – regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, race, religion or sexual orientation. The performing arts are designed to unite everyone in shared experiences and expand all of our horizons. Filling our house with those of diverse backgrounds and perspectives makes our entire organization stronger. When Louis Appell Jr. set out to revive the Strand and Capitol Theatres back in the 1970’s, his vision was two-fold:


1. To design theatres so beautiful that every person who walked through the doors felt they were about to experience something special.

2. To build accessible, inclusive theatres that every single member of the community could enjoy.


We at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts see it as our duty to carry on that very important vision through all of our programming selections, education programs as well as our community outreach initiatives. We invite the entire community to think of our house like your very own! We are here to serve you. Within these walls you will be always be welcome, safe… and above all, entertained!